Paper Talk: Mata in United talks; Chelsea eye £25m defender

Date published: Tuesday 27th September 2016 8:15

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Juan Mata is one of three players in talks over a new deal at Manchester United, while Chelsea have identified the £25m defender they see as John Terry’s long-term replacement, according to Tuesday’s newspapers.



Juan Mata: Hoping for new United deal

Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata, 28, has held talks with manager Jose Mourinho over a new contract and is “desperate” to stay at the club.

The Spain international has two years left on his current £130,000-a-week deal at Old Trafford, which he signed upon his arrival from Chelsea in January 2014.

The former Valencia ace is believed to be settled in the Manchester area and is happy with life in England.

A United source is reported to have told The Sun: “There have been talks, but Juan is still in the dark over his future at the club.

“He is desperate to stay and likes his life in the Manchester area. It is all down to Jose’s decision now.

“United don’t want to leave this one rumbling though and are keen to sort it before the New Year.”

United’s bid to tie Mata down to a new deal comes despite claims the club are keen to bring Isco to Old Trafford in January.

It’s also been claimed that Mourinho has also held contract talks with Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard, with new deals expected to be announced soon.



Michael Keane: Still wanted by Leicester

Chelsea are set to launch a £25m bid for Michael Keane in a bid to solve their defensive crisis after making the Burnley star one of their top targets.

Stamford Bridge boss Antonio Conte has identified centre-half Keane as the man to address his side’s costly shortcomings at the back, claims the Daily Mirror.

Chelsea are understood to have made a preliminary enquiry about Keane, who was wanted by Premier League champions Leicester in the summer.

Burnley rejected several bids from Leicester, with the Foxes failing with a final offer of £15million for the 23-year-old, who began his career at Manchester United and was allowed to leave last year for £2m.

But Chelsea are confident they can succeed where Leicester failed, with Keane set to be offered an improved contract by Burnley in a bid to keep him at Turf Moor.

The paper claims Chelsea see Keane as the ideal long-term replacement for John Terry, who could retire at the end of the season.

Keane, who has two years left on his current deal, helped Burnley to promotion back to the Premier League at the first attempt last season and has been in demand since.



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